Several pedestrians were struck by an out-of-control U-Haul truck in a series of hit-and-run accidents in Brooklyn.
The incident took place around 11 am on Monday near 5th Avenue and the Bay Ridge Parkway in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Authorities said at least eight people were injured. Preliminary reports suggested that a cyclist was dragged under the vehicle.
The victims were wounded in three different locations, police said. The truck had hit the sidewalk in at least one of the locations.
The NYPD said the incident began when officers tried to stop the truck for a traffic stop. The driver fled, hitting people in the process.
The truck was eventually cornered by police on Columbia Street in Red Hook.
The driver has since been taken into custody for questioning.
New York City Councilman Justin Brannan characterized the incident as a “hurricane”.
“We have no idea why at this point, but it wasn’t an accident,” Brannan said on Twitter.
A bomb squad was called in to examine the U-Haul truck.
Comparisons made to the Sayfull Saipov case
News of the Brooklyn U-Haul incident immediately drew comparisons to a 2017 attack in which a man ran over pedestrians on a bike path in Manhattan.
That man, Sayfull Saipov, is currently facing the death penalty phase of his sentence for killing eight people in that attack.
Former NYPD Chief of Detectives Roberts Boyce told ABC News, “It was the first thing I thought of.
“I worked on the Sayfull Saipov case. I remember how dangerous it was and what it did and how deadly it was. That was the first thing that came to mind when I heard the rental truck. So let’s hope it’s not that and that it’s a person in mental distress right now and nothing more than that. It’s hard to link the two now, but how could you not think about it?”
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 6:15 pm
Number of injured victims rises to eight
The number of people injured by the U-Haul truck ordeal continues to change rapidly.
An FDNY spokesman has now said that a total of eight people were injured.
Of these, two are critical, two are serious, and the remaining four are “minor”.
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 6:05 pm
NYPD to inform reporters soon
The NYPD is hosting a press conference near where the U-Haul was stopped in Red Hook.
Here’s a live look at the independents Richard Salon:
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 18:01
What do we know about the victims
So far, the NYPD has offered little information about the crash.
We know, however, that at least five people were injured.
ABC7 reports that a 30-year-old man was hit by the U-Haul on 4th Avenue.
He has since been taken to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition.
Three other men on mopeds were also hit and suffered minor injuries, the agency said.
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 5:50 pm
Accidents occurred after attempted traffic stop
The NYPD said the incident began when officers tried to stop the U-Haul truck at a traffic stop at 10:49 am.
The driver fled and ran over pedestrians in doing so.
Authorities have now said that at least five people were injured.
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 5:36 pm
The Independent is on the scene in Brooklyn
the independents Richard Hall is currently at the location where the U-Haul driver was taken into custody.
He reports that the back of the truck is open and investigators are standing around.
Local media earlier reported that a bomb squad was inspecting the vehicle.
Here are photos of Richard from the scene:
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 5:33 pm
NYC board member describes incident as ‘rage’
New York City Councilman Justin Brannan, who represents Bay Ridge, reacted to the U-Haul incident on Twitter.
“A man driving a U-Haul went on a rampage in Bay Ridge. He was just arrested in Sunset Park. Several people were hit and seriously injured,” he wrote.
“We have no idea why at this point, but it was not an accident. Thanks for @NYPD72Pct @NYPD68Pct. I will share more information when I can.”
Police have not said whether they believe the crashes were accidental or intentional.
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 5:20 pm
What We Know About the Brooklyn U-Haul Crash
Several people were hit by an out-of-control U-Haul truck in Brooklyn, New York, police said.
Several pedestrians were hit by the vehicle and a cyclist was dragged by the truck on Monday morning, according to reports.
The incident occurred around 11 am at 5th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway, with the truck speeding down 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, officials said.
the independents Gustaf Kilander reports:
Megan SheetsFebruary 13, 2023 5:16 pm